2009 Bodegas Olarra "Añares" Reserva Rioja
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep red. Raspberry, cherry and spicy oak on the fragrant nose. Spicy, sweet red fruit flavors are complemented by vanilla, mocha and licorice, with a smoky note sneaking in on the back half. Finishes with an echo of vanilla, soft tannins and very good persistence. (JR)
*Good Value* Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo, Graciano. This winery dates back to 1973 and they work with vineyards from Baja and Alavesa zones to produce their wine. Cold maceration, 21 days of alcoholic fermentation, 18 months in American and French oak. The wine is a blend from at least four different villages. Rioja integrated style. Complex and very clean nose, where all aromas are well balanced, showing oak, red fruits and cinnamon. Medium intensity flavours but very elegant. The texture on the palate is expressive, vinous with quality chalky tannins. Overall the wine is still fresh despite its age and has already developed a bouquet.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Anares Reserva offers more concentration and depth with ripe fruit corresponding with a warm vintage, with dark plum, cinnamon and vanilla aromas, while the palate shows clean flavors, good acidity and length. Good value. (LG)
This savory red offers coffee, soy and licorice flavors, framing dried cherry and currant notes. The thick texture is supported by firm tannins and balsamic acidity. A solid wine with a rustic character.